Vessel Categories Explained

The Register is compiled and managed by Christensen Lloyd in association with other Certifying Aurthoriities, Registered vessels will be issued with a ICCVR sticker to assist with easy identification by other operators and members of the public.

  1. A vessel may be considered for the issue of a Small Commercial Vessel certificate allowing it to operate in one of the following areas:-
  • Area Category 6 – to sea, within 3 miles from a nominated departure point(s) named in the certificate and never more than 3 miles from land, in favourable weather and daylight;
  • Area Category 5 – to sea, within 20 miles from a nominated departure point named in the certificate in favourable weather and daylight.
  • Area Category 4 – Up to 20 miles from a safe haven, in favourable weather and in daylight;
  • Area Category 3 – Up to 20 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 2 – Up to 60 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 1 – Up to 150 miles from a safe haven;
  • Area Category 0 – Unrestricted service.